Weber State University at Ogden, Utah is the home of Utah Boys State. The Boys State program is sponsored by the American Legion in each respective state of the country to supplement high school civics instruction. The Utah Boys State assembly convenes each year for five days during the month of June at Weber State University. Participants reside in dormitory rooms as representatives of high schools in the State of Utah.
The program involves the study of American Government and government process. Students participate in mock trial and elections. Additionally, students participate in music, sports, and seminars with public officials. Each state program elects student senators that represent the respective state at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.
The Utah Boys State curriculum, in partnership with the Departments of Political Science and Continuing Education, permits each student to earn POLS 2920, three semester hours of university credit, graded as credit/no-credit. The university credit is generally transferable to other state funded universities. Additionally, students can apply for university and privately funded scholarships. In addition to (3) semester hours of university credit, each student receives a graduation certificate upon successful completion of the Boys State curriculum.
Participation in Utah Boys State is open to young men, based on availability, who maintain good citizenship and are in good academic standing. A student can only attend Boys State during the summer between his junior and senior year of high school. Further information regarding attendance at Utah Boys State can be obtained from the respective high school counselor or local American Legion Post. The Class of 2014 will assemble at Weber State University June 9-13, 2013. Tuition cost for the Class of 2013 is $450. The tuition is processed through Utah Boys State. The tuition covers all costs for housing, meals, materials, and university credit.
The Class of 2013 application can be downloaded from the Weber State University or the American Legion, Department of Utah web sites. The application can be forwarded through the local State of Utah, American Legion Post or mailed directly to the American Legion; Utah Boys State Admissions Coordinator; P.O. Box 783, Clearfield, Utah 84015-0783. The application requires signature of the Student, Parent or Guardian, and High School Counselor. Telephone contact can be made as: Program Information @ (801) 539-1013; Academic Information @ (801) 395-3421; or General Information @ (801) 626-8732.
Utah Girls State is also hosted on an annual basis by Southern Utah University.
Hinckley Institute of Politics supports Utah Boys State & Girls State.